“Zeyu’s technique, the precision, pitch accuracy and musical delivery were astonishing.” Free Times 2013
Zeyu Victor Li, returns to the Koger stage to play Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor at the March concert. Back by popular demand, the 18-year-old Chinese violin virtuoso has been praised for his technical mastery and exuberance. The Concerto No. 2 is more conventional than the composer's early bold compositions and begins with a melody related to traditional Russian folk music. About the work, Prokofiev wrote, “The number of places in which I wrote the Concerto shows the kind of nomadic concert-tour life I led then. The main theme of the 1st movement was written in Paris, the first theme of the 2nd movement at Voronezh, the orchestration was finished in Baku and the premiere was given in Madrid.
Winners of the 2014-2015 USC Concerto-Aria Competition will also perform on this concert:
Cera Finney, voice; John Siarris, voice; Levi Cull, timpani; Susan Zhang, piano
$30 general public; senior citizens, $25 USC faculty and staff; $8 students